Minot State fall enrollment numbers up
Official fall 2009 enrollment numbers at Minot State University show a 6.3 percent increase compared to official numbers last year. The number reported to the North Dakota University System is 3,649, an increase of 217 students. This marks the largest single-year increase since the fall of 2001.
"We’re very pleased with how our efforts in strategic enrollment management have paid off in attracting more students to Minot State," said David Fuller, president of Minot State University. "We’re very happy to be able to recruit quality students interested in a Minot State degree from across Ward County, the region and the world."
Fall 2009 enrollment shows a new six-year high among Native American populations, at 147 students, a new 11-year high in students from Canada, at 293, and a new all-time high for enrollment in non-traditional learning as more than 1,300 students are taking at least one course online or through interactive-video networking.
The number of Minot State graduate students increased by almost 17 percent, to 304, and the number of students from Ward County increased almost 6 percent to 1,979.
Minot State has experienced growth in students from larger counties across the state as well as those from counties in northwestern North Dakota. This includes 43 percent more students from Cass County and 75 percent more students from Grand Forks County. The counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette and Sheridan all saw more students interested in earning their degrees from MSU.
Recruiting and marketing efforts have also netted an increase in students from states in our region like Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In addition, the number of new students from Washington, Florida and Texas come as a result of strategic enrollment efforts.
Minot State was able to attract 328 new transfer students to the campus, a 22 percent increase over those transfer students who enrolled in the fall of 2008.
Students are taking more classes at the MSU offices on the Minot Air Force Base and in Bismarck. The course enrollments went up from 583 in 2008 to 636 in 2009, a 9 percent increase. The number of students living in an MSU residence hall or apartment is up sharply this fall, from 456 to 532, a 17 percent increase from last year.
Enrollment numbers at Minot State become official after the fourth full week of classes, when they are reported to the NDUS.